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Tropilaelaps mites on European honey bee larvae
Scientific classification

Delfinado & Baker, 1961

Tropilaelaps is a genus of parasitic mites in the family Laelapidae. [1] Their range spans the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Their primary hosts are the larva of Apis dorsata and Apis laboriosa , although after Apis mellifera was imported to Asia, they were found to also be suitable hosts for two species of Tropilaelaps, T. clareae and T. mercedesae. [2] Species can be identified by DNA analysis. They are considered a major economic threat to the beekeeping industry. [3]



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  1. David Evans Walter (ed.). "Laelapidae Species Listing". Biology Catalog. Texas A&M University . Retrieved August 31, 2010. (dead link 28 June 2019)
  2. Porterfield, Andrew (2021-02-25). "Lab Test Rapidly IDs Potential Mite Pest of Honey Bees". EntomologyToday. Entomological Society of America. Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  3. Del Cont, Aurélie; De Georges, Benjamin; Huleux, Anthea; Duquesne, Veronique (2021-01-27). "Rapid Identification of Tropilaelaps Mite (Mesostigmata: Laelapidae) Species Using a COI Barcode-HRM". Journal of Economic Entomology. Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  4. "Morphological identification of Tropilaelaps spp. (adult form) (OIE method)" (PDF). ANSES. SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS LABORATORY. 2015-09-21. Retrieved 2021-02-26.